Visiting London for the first time was an experience I will never forget and one morning on leaving my Paddington Hotel (too early for breakfast) with my Muesli Bar in hand and buying a takeaway coffee en route I headed first for Regent’s Park. What a magnificent start to my day. The sun was shining and at 8 a.m. the gardeners were already at work tending the amazing flower beds.

Regent’s Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. It lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden. It contains Regent’s University London and the London Zoo.  The Park, designed by renowned Architect, John Nash in 1811, covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary’s Gardens which feature more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties.

The Park is the largest outdoor sports area in London, catering for football, softball and  rugby and there is also a cricket pitch.  An Open Air Theatre has  performances from the end of May to early September.  There is also a boating lake which attracts many wild bird species and waterfowl.  The view from Primrose Hill is one of London’s best, affording a fantastic panorama across the city.

“All that we behold is full of blessings” – William Wordsworth



    • I remember walking back down part of Harley Street and part of Wimpole Street as I was looking for plaques on places of interest. When I entered the Park all I could see was the extensive grassland area and then suddenly, completely hedged in, were the immaculate flower beds – what joy!


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